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- Representatives with the instrument firm Cosa Xentaur will be at the location in late September to consult with John McCallum on nuclear magnetic spectroscopy to measure the oil concentration in seed and meal samples.
- John Sulik will give the illustrated talk “Basics of spectral imaging for agriculture” at the annual meeting of the Cascade Chapter of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International at Warm Springs, OR on October 1st.
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- Patrick Nash joined Hero Gollany’s team as a Post-doctoral Research Soil Scientist on September 8, 2014. He will be working on predicting best management practices to maintain soil organic matter and reduce carbon dioxide emissions to mitigate climate change at several GRACEnet locations across U.S.
Dan Long collecting harvested oilseed from the grain bin filling auger on a John Deere 9400 combine in Akron, CO. September 2, 2014.
- Dan Long returned from Akron, CO where he collected more than 200 samples of grain from a combine during harvest of a canola field. The samples are now in the laboratory being cleaned in preparation for analysis of seed oil concentration. Dan is interested in learning about the extent of variability in seed oil concentration and how this influences cold pressing efficiency.
Elizabeth Torres is preparing DNA for quantifying genes involved in denitrification.
- Kate Reardon returned from a meeting with Washington State University scientists on site-specific climate-friendly farming research identifying the microbial drivers of nitrous oxide emission in wheat fields.
- An electrical contractor is replacing more than 800 florescent light bulbs with new Light Emitting Diode (LED)-type bulbs. This change promises to reduce energy consumption and costs at the Pendleton USDA-ARS facilities.
Dave Robertson, Physical Research Technician, is installing a standard weather station to a new site at the Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center. The weather station will support long-term, crop and soil experiments that are being conducted by the ARS scientists and university partners.
- Stewart Wuest’s research team is collecting soil samples from experiments in the driest parts of Washington and Oregon’s wheat-growing region. These experiments are designed to determine the optimum timing for initial tillage in the widespread practice of tilled fallow--winter wheat production. Tilling too early reduces storage of spring rains, decreases residue cover, and creates conditions for increased wind erosion and soil crusting.
Aron Boettcher points out the surviving winter brassica napus plants from an August 14th planting. These plants are part of a study looking at which winter oilseeds can survive and thrive in a dry land cropping system. September 2, 2014.
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- Stewart Wuest is analyzing data from a field experiment and finding that wheat and grass roots may be the most significant source of long-term soil carbon in a no-till system. Surface residues add to the effect, but are most important for protecting the soil from crusting due to raindrop impact and moderating heat and evaporation.
- Kate Reardon is completing a manuscript with WSU collaborators identifying factors influencing the rates of microbial denitrification in soil with sloping topography.
Informational booth manned by Dan Long and John Williams of ARS, and a local NRCS employee, at the recent community picnic of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. August 20, 2014.
- John Williams and Dan Long manned a booth to showcase USDA-ARS Pendleton at the annual community picnic of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. They provided information on agricultural research to K-12 students, parents, and other members of the community. USDA-NRCS personnel also joined ARS to provide additional information under a theme of soil health.
- Dan Long is completing a manuscript describing the use of multiple sensors and collection of on-combine data for post-harvest evaluation of environmental stress in wheat.
Dave Robertson and Aron Boettcher (shown above) are sampling soil water in the oil seed cropping systems research to evaluate water use efficiency. August 26, 2014
- Dan Long and his team are getting materials and equipment ready for planting winter cereals and winter oilseeds into field experiments planned for the 2015 growing season.
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